Long Running

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Monday, May 23, 2011

The Central Park jogger case sparked an extraordinary media frenzy and hysterical public reaction. Sarah Burns takes a comprehensive look at the crime—from the victim to the investigators, police, attorneys, those who confessed, and the man who finally admitted he did it. Then, long distance runner Robin Harvie describes what it’s like to train and run ultra-long-distance races. And the legendary actress Claire Bloom talks about her life in theater and film—from "Limelight" to "The King’s Speech."

The Central Park Five

Sarah Burns gives an in-depth account of one of New York City’s most notorious crimes—the brutal assault on a woman who became known as the Central Park jogger, which took place April 1989. The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding intertwines the stories of the five black and Latino teenagers who were arrested and confessed to the crime, despite the fact that they quickly recanted and that no DNA tests or eyewitness accounts existed, with the stories of the police officers, the district attorneys, the victim, and Matias Reyes—the man actually guilty of the attack.

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Why We Run

Robin Harvie talks about how a casual running hobby turned into a 120-miles-a-week obsession. In The Lure of Long Distances: Why We Run he explains how he became an ultra-long-distance runner, and his plans to run the oldest and toughest footrace on earth: the Spartathlon from Athens to Sparta.

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Claire Bloom

Claire Bloom talks about her life in theater and film, and working with legends like Vivien Leigh, Julie Harris, Yul Brynner, Rod Steiger, Charlton Heston, Jane Fonda, Paul Newman, George C. Scott, and Sylvester Stallone. Charlie Chaplin cast Bloom as the emotionally crippled ballerina in "Limelight" when she was just 18. She has since starred on stage as Juliet, Cordelia, Ophelia, and most of the other great Shakespeare heroines, as well as in "The Trojan Women," "Hedda Gabler," "A Doll’s House," and "A Streetcar Named Desire." She’s been in such classic films as "Richard III," "Alexander the Great," "Look Back in Anger," "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold," and she played Queen Mary in the this year’s, "The King’s Speech."

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Guest Picks: Claire Bloom

Actress Claire Bloom shares some of what she's been reading and watching recently after a recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.


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